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PFT: Panthers say DeAngelo drawing interest

With the trade deadline nudged from Tuesday to Thursday, one of the few names that remain in the rumor mill for a possible deal is Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams.

The Charlotte Observer, citing an unnamed team source, reports that an unnamed contending team has inquired about Williams.

Of course, that could be a deliberate leak aimed at scaring up a market for Williams.  But if the Panthers trade him, they’ll take a $9.6 million cap hit right now.

Though the net impact would be offset by $2.77 million in base salary that will be avoided by not having Williams on the roster, the Panthers would have to restructure a few contracts to facilitate any deal, given that the team had only $5.3 million in cap space last month.

Officially, coach Ron Rivera says the team isn’t shopping anyone.  But the Panthers also aren’t pressing the “decline” button when the phone rings.  “We’ve got to sit here and see if somebody does call, but we’re not looking to move anybody or send anybody away or try to get anybody out there,” Rivera said. “I don’t think we have a lot to give in terms of trying to trade for players.”

A trade would mean that the Panthers paid Williams more than $20 million for 23 games played since signing his latest deal.